Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

In the Carolinas this means not only homes, schools and towns but ponds of coal ash, Superfund sites, chemical plants — and thousands of industrial hog farms with lagoons filled with pig waste.

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

With an Eco-Friendly Sneaker, Rothy’s Treads on New Ground

At launch, The Sneaker will come with a standard version of this midsole with the option of purchasing a more arched version in the future.“It gives cushion without adding a lot of weight, fits into the bottom of the shoe really nicely, takes advantage of that cavity in the cup sole,” and lets customers keep their Rothy’s insole, which comes decorated with pattern and color, says Martin.

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

Ten years on from the financial crisis, the sustainability of the planet is at stake – markets cannot survive without morality That post-crash principle should be this: in a century in which the sustainability of the planet is at stake, markets cannot survive without morality.

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

Scientists to build GIANT SUNSHADE for the Earth in astonishing bid to stop global warming

It is too early to know what its effects would be: it could be very helpful or very harmful.”A UN panel of climate experts, in a leaked draft of a report about global warming due for publication in October, is sceptical about solar geo-engineering, saying it may be "economically, socially and institutionally infeasible”.

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

The suit, which was led by California, seeks to protect standards passed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama that would raise fuel efficiency to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. "The states joining today's lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars," California Governor Jerry Brown said.

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

By using the GeoDASH platform - a geospatial data sharing platform - the Directorate of Primary Education of Bangladesh has assessed 35,000 schools with respect to the type of infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities, access to roads, and overall capacity during natural disasters.